Tuesday, May 11, 2010

:: Recipe - Cranberry-Orange Scones ::

My mum made this recipe for me when when she visited in March. It is so good, I have made it at least five times since then. It is pretty healthy, and they really fill you up for awhile unlike scones made with white flour.


Ingredients:

:: 2 cups whole wheat flour
:: 3-4 tbsp sugar** (white or brown, whatevs)
:: 2 tsp baking powder
:: 1/2 tsp baking soda
:: 1/2 tsp salt
:: 3/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, unsalted*
:: 2/3 cup dried cranberries
:: 1 1/4 cup plain yogurt**
:: 1/2 tsp vanilla**
:: 1 tsp orange zest
:: 2 tbsp canola oil

* The original recipe called for chopped pecans. This is delicious, but pumpkin seeds are so much cheaper and also pretty tasty.
** The original recipe called for low-fat vanilla yogurt. If you have this, then use it instead, and omit the vanilla extract and sugar from the recipe.


Directions: 

:: Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add cranberries and pumpkin seeds and stir again.
:: Whisk together the yogurt, orange zest, vanilla and oil in another bowl.
:: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the yogurt mixture.
:: Stir with a rubber spatula until no dry streaks remain. The batter will be very thick, and chunky from the cranberries and nuts/seeds.
:: Scrape the batter into a greased pie plate. I use cooking spray, even on my non-stick pie plate.
:: Use a serrated knife to gently score the batter into 8 sections (as cutting guidelines once it's baked).
:: Bake at 400° F for 20-25 mins until the top is very golden brown. I have to rotate mine halfway through so it gets evenly golden all the way around.
:: Let it cool a few minutes in the pan, and then turn out onto a cutting board. Cut into 8 wedges.
:: I serve mine with butter (obviously!) They keep very well for the next day in an airtight container, and my Mum says they freeze well if you wrap them in cling wrap and then in a freezer bag. I like to heat up the leftovers in the toaster oven.

You can also substitute juicy Thompson raisins for cranberries, if you want to mix things up a little!

Enjoy!

1 comment:

Miss. Ashley said...

This looks like a delicious recipe Chelsea Belsea!